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[boch] /bɒtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to spoil by poor work; bungle (often followed by up):
He botched up the job thoroughly.
to do or say in a bungling manner.
to mend or patch in a clumsy manner.
a clumsy or poor piece of work; mess; bungle:
He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.
a clumsily added part or patch.
a disorderly or confused combination; conglomeration.
Origin of botch1
1350-1400; Middle English bocchen to patch up; perhaps to be identified with bocchen to swell up, bulge (verbal derivative of bocche botch2), though sense development unclear
Related forms
[boch-id-lee] /ˈbɒtʃ ɪd li/ (Show IPA),
botcher, noun
botchery, noun
1. ruin, mismanage; muff, butcher, flub.


[boch] /bɒtʃ/
a swelling on the skin; a boil.
an eruptive disease.
1350-1400; Middle English bocche < Old French boche, dialectal variant of boce boss2 Unabridged
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  • No man ever yet undertook tew alter his natur by substituting sum invenshun ov his own, but what made a botch job ov it.

  • They should be smitten with the botch of Egypt, and a sore botch in the legs that cannot be healed.

    More Trivia Logan Pearsall Smith
  • When man attempts to add a finishing-touch to the loveliness of the forest, lake, or ocean, he makes a botch of it.

  • You will have to give me instructions, and though I may botch the business, I'll save the meat.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • I told him I was glad to hear it for I never tried to tell it myself without making a botch of it.

  • Both of them have made a botch of their errand,” said he, “and are causing the bride to wait in vain!

  • This state of affairs leads to makeshifts, and they in turn lead to botch work.

  • They've been running it for thousands of years—and look at the botch they've made of it!

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • They wasnt no sea nor shore for botch no more; they wasnt no earth, no heavens.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for botch


verb (transitive) often foll by up
to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
to repair badly or clumsily
Also called botch-up. a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))
Derived Forms
botcher, noun
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for botch

late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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